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News Around Illinois – December 27, 2019

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Students Serve Ex-Prof With Sexual Assault Suit Via Email

URBANA – The alleged victims of a former University of Illinois associate professor turned to email to finally serve him with their federal lawsuit accusing him of sexually and emotionally exploiting them. The civil lawsuit filed by some of Gary Xu’s former students had been held up by their inability to deliver the lawsuit to him. The News-Gazette reports that Xu was served via email on Dec. 10 with a summons and a copy of the suit. He’s accused of sexually and emotionally exploiting some of his Chinese students, who depended on him for their visas. – Associated Press

Man Arrested In Fatal Shootings Of 3 In Small Illinois Town

CULLOM — A 53-year-old man has been arrested in the Christmas Day shootings of three people in a small eastern Illinois community. The bodies of a 51-year-old man, 48-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were found at a home early Wednesday morning in Cullom, about 95 miles southwest of Chicago. Dispatchers received a call about the shootings shortly after 2 a.m. State police say the suspect was arrested Wednesday and jailed on three counts of first-degree murder. A court hearing is expected Friday.  The names of the victims, their relationships to the suspect and a motive behind the shootings were not immediately released. About 550 people live in Cullom. – Associated Press

Census Aims To Stop Misinformation In Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – With reports of misinformation around the 2020 census in other states, the directors of Illinois’ Census Office say they’ve not heard of anything like that here. Oswaldo Alvarez is one of the directors of the Illinois Census Office. He says they have received questions about other points of confusion around the population count set to start in 2020. Illinois gave out tens of millions of dollars to groups around the state to encourage census participation. Alvarez says Illinois has been working closely with them to make sure they all have the same and correct information. Facebook recently announced it would ban posts on its social media sites that attempt to interfere with the count. – Mary Hansen, NPR Illinois

Judge: Prisons Must Reform Treatment Of Transgender Inmates

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